Friday, May 29, 2020

Slo-Mo Paddlers Covid Protocol

Parksville Golden Oldies Sports Association

SloMo Paddlers

Covid-19 Measures


As the Province of British Columbia begins cautiously opening up opportunities for outdoor activities,
guidelines are are needed to mitigate the ongoing risk of becoming infected with Covid-19. Paddling
can be a low risk activity for exposure to and for contracting COVID-19 if proper precautions are
taken. Managers of the PGOSA SlomoMo Paddlers Activity developed the following measures to
manage the risk of participants becoming exposed to the virus during paddling events. These measures
are consistent with Provincial health guidelines, were informed by guidance offered by Canoe Kayak
Canada (, and are approved by the PGOSA Board of Directors.
Activity Managers will do their best to ensure that these health guidelines are being followed.
However, it is up to individuals to understand their risks and make a decision about whether or not
to participate. All paddlers, managers and event leaders or anyone else who will be part of a paddling
event should be acutely aware of and must continuously monitor their own personal health and risk of
exposure to the virus.


 Are feeling non-specifically unwell or are sick at all.
 Are exhibiting any symptoms of the coronavirus: mild to severe respiratory illness with fever,
coughing, difficulty breathing, muscles aching, or other symptoms identifiable with COVID-19
such as a reduced sense of smell.
 Have been in contact with or think you may have been in contact with someone who has been
sick or had COVID-19 within the last 14 days.
 You are going through a period of self-isolation or quarantine for any reason.
All individuals involved in SloMo Paddlers should self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 on a daily
basis and any person showing symptoms should self-isolate, refrain from entering the paddling
environment or coming into close contact with others, and seek appropriate medical attention. If an
individual is concerned about their risk level or exposure, they should consult with a medical

Monday, May 4, 2020

BC Marine Trails Network

This Non-Profit group is open to anyone interested in paddling on our West Coast. They work with the Provincial Government, First Nations, Paddling Clubs (i.e. Nanaimo Paddlers and Comox Valley Paddlers) and paddling-related businesses. The group’s vision is have “the entire B.C. coastline linked through marine routes and land sites for sustainable water-based public recreation”. For an annual membership of $25/person or $40/family, members receive discounts at various kayak shops and businesses on Vancouver Island. 

Friday, April 24, 2020

Welcome to the Slo-Mo Paddlers Blog


Welcome to the Blog for PGOSA's Slo-Mo Paddlers. We hope that you will find this Blog to be useful and informative.

Note: All PGOSA activities are currently cancelled until further notice. This includes all PGOSA-sponsored Paddling activities. We are looking forward in the future to being able to be out on the water enjoying kayaking and canoeing activities with our fellow PGOSA members.

What is a Blog?

A Blog is basically an interactive website. You will find lots of information that can be included in a Blog and all new information takes the form of Posts. These can include messages, written information, pictures, videos, etc. You can comment on and add to a Post for a Blog. You can also look back at all previous Posts.

April 26 

Check out the photos from our 2019 Trips. Click on the following Page on the sidebar:

"2019 - Slo-Mo Paddling Trips"   



Thursday, April 23, 2020

Kayak Dealers

Local Kayak Dealers
Here are the names of most of the Kayak dealers on central Vancouver Island:

Lightspeed Watercraft -
Located on the Alberni Highway in the Coombs area

Valhalla Pure Outfitters -
Located in Nanaimo on Turner Rd near the Longwood Brewpub

Located in Nanaimo at Country Club Mall

Located in Ladysmith at Transfer Beach – far end of the park from the parking lot

Comox Valley Kayaks and
Located in Courtenay on Cliffe Avenue

Located in downtown Courtenay on 5th Street.

Note:  Ocean River Sports - located on Store Street in Victoria are closing their store and are clearing out their entire stock.

Reviews of Kayaks and Gear -

This is a great site with honest and thorough reviews of pretty well all kayaks, kayak gear and racks that are sold in North America. Remember that the prices quoted are in US funds.